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Total Self Control

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Ready To Dial
If you're sick of the way your contacts list looks, try Ready Contacts on Android. It uses two styles to display the people on your list. One: you see squares with the people you connected with recently. Two, you swipe right to left to see your contacts in a rotating alphabetical sequence. This is rather slick looking and works pretty fast. But if your people don't have pictures, it's just a lot of black.  
There are some additional features when compared with default lists. You can choose to see the call history of whoever you're talking to, plus a line on what your last email was about. Useful, that! Contacts are readily searchable. An alphabet panel lets you jump to the needed place too. There are a few additional features that you'll need to unlock for  Rs 189 if you want full functioning.
Selfie The Lumia Way
The obsession with selfies continues. Check the Windows store for the Lumia Selfie app. What's interesting about it is that it lets you use the main camera and centers your face with beeps. That and a timer make it happen. The beeps didn't sound for me but I still managed to use the main camera well enough. You can always use the front cam, of course.
This app auto enhances your picture. After that, you can swipe through about 20 filters and see how you look. There's vintage, lomo pop, black and white, and even an effect that puts you on the cover of a Lumia magazine. Choose what you like and finalise. 
You can even tamper with skin toning,  smile, eyes, slimness and more, using a slider for each  characteristic. The Lumia Selfie is free.
Flipboard For Windows Phones
and finally, this most beautiful of apps has arrived on Windows Phones (8.1). Well, some of them, anyway. If you haven't seen Flipboard before, it's a beautiful magazine app. You choose content sources pick from categories, and even make your own magazines. 
On Windows Phones, it isn't quite the same as it is on iOS or Android. To start with, it doesn't quite flip. You have a different arrangement starting with some cover stories that you can scroll through in a card-based format. You can do all the other things you would on other platforms such as adding articles to your magazines, sharing, etc. You don't have widgets, but you can add a source as a home tile. On some phones, such as the Lumia 830, a Flipboard shortcut icon will lead you to the preloaded app. On larger Windows Phones, Flipboard looks great.
(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 17-11-2014)

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